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Women & Alcohol: The Hidden Risks of Drinking

Women & Alcohol: The Hidden Risks of Drinking | Senior Care News | Scoop.it
Women are more vulnerable than men to alcohol's effects, even after drinking smaller amounts.
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"Because women become addicted to alcohol more easily than men, drinking even moderately can be a slippery slope. This is especially true for older women. In fact, about half of all cases of alcoholism in women begin after age 59."
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Our Prescription Labels Aren’t Just Confusing. They’re Dangerous.

Our Prescription Labels Aren’t Just Confusing. They’re Dangerous. | Senior Care News | Scoop.it
These scientists are on a mission to save us from bad pill bottle design.
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Melissa's Notes: A well thought out, easily understood, standardized prescription label is long overdue.   
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'Getting old ain't for sissies': Cartoonist Jack Ohman draws his dad's final years

'Getting old ain't for sissies': Cartoonist Jack Ohman draws his dad's final years | Senior Care News | Scoop.it
When editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman sat down to illustrate his father's final years, he did not want to sugar-coat his own experiences providing four years of long term care. Otherwise, none of it was worth doing, he explained.
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Melissa's Notes: There is nothing 'cartoonish' about Jack Ohman's poignant account of his father's final years.  I rarely subscribe to blogs, but I signed up immediately.

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Training the Mind to Ward Off Falls

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In a new approach to the problem of falls among older people, an exercise physiologist at Wichita State has introduced cognitive drills into the exercise classes at a senior center.
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Temporary Tattoo Offers Needle-Free Way to Monitor Glucose Levels

Temporary Tattoo Offers Needle-Free Way to Monitor Glucose Levels | Senior Care News | Scoop.it

This first-ever example of the flexible, easy-to-wear device could be a promising step forward in noninvasive glucose testing for patients with diabetes.

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Melissa's Notes: Many older diabetics are no longer able to monitor their own blood glucose levels due to tremors, poor eyesight, cognitive decline, or other impairments.  Needle-free technological advances could not only  help these individual better manage their diabetes, it could also help reduce nursing home placement.

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Downtown L.A. fire destroys hundreds of Christmas gifts for seniors

Downtown L.A. fire destroys hundreds of Christmas gifts for seniors | Senior Care News | Scoop.it

For some, this year's holiday tale could be "How the fire stole Christmas."

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Melissa's Note: The Los Angeles City Department of Aging offices were located next to the Da Vinci Apartment that burned down earlier this week. Not only are the offices closed until further notice, two thousand holiday gifts for low-income seniors were lost.  These gifts would have been distributed by ONEgeneration and other senior centers throughout the city.  Please consider making an extra donation to help replace these gifts.

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9.1 million Alzheimer’s patients in U.S. by 2050

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As baby boomers age, the financial burden of Alzheimer’s disease on the United States will skyrocket from $307 billion annually to $1.5 trillion, a new analysis predicts.
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Melissa's Notes: Finding medical advances that delay onset by 5 years would reduce prevalence by 41% and societal costs by 40%.  We cannot afford not to fund Alzheimer's research!

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With an aging population, Prescott police trained to identify those with ... - Cronkite News

With an aging population, Prescott police trained to identify those with ... - Cronkite News | Senior Care News | Scoop.it
PRESCOTT – When a police officer here stops an older driver for erratic driving or a poor decision such as cutting off another car, he or she will look for signs of disorientation, agitated behavior or a shuffling gait, along with other signs of...
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Melissa's Notes: Although the Alzheimer's Association's Safe Return Program is designed to alert first responders to a missing impaired senior, it only works when individuals are enrolled.  Prescott joins a growing number of communities who are training police officers in recognizing signs and symptoms of dementia.  I'd love to see this in Los Angeles.

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22 Facts About Sleep That Will Surprise You

http://health.clevelandclinic.org/: We spend about one-third of our time on Planet Earth asleep. That’s about 16 hours a night as infants, 9 hours as teens and 7 to 8 hours as adults. Until 25 years ago, scientists knew little about this nighttime habit of ours.

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Melissa's Notes: This infographic combines two things I love -- the importance of sleep and 'useless facts.'  Two things I learned: 1) The use of sleeping pills can disrupt normal grieving, as insomnia is often normal part of bereavement.  2) Sea otters hold hands while they sleep so they don't drift away from each other.  What's your favorite new sleep fact?

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Yoga for seniors can help with balance, agility and strength. But injuries do ... - Washington Post

Yoga for seniors can help with balance, agility and strength. But injuries do ... - Washington Post | Senior Care News | Scoop.it
Yoga for seniors can help with balance, agility and strength. But injuries do ...
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Melissa's Notes: This article highlights the thoughtfulness needed in implementing interventions with older adults.  I was particularly struck by the observation of a UCLA gerontology professor, Teaching yoga at a senior center is an entry-level job in many communities, which means they’re putting the least-trained people with the hardest crowd."

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Chronic disease overlap cuts life expectancy

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Struggling with multiple chronic illnesses shortens life expectancy dramatically, and for older Americans, it threatens to reverse recent gains in average lifespans.
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Melissa's Notes: Although this research shows a slowing in the increase of life expectancy due to multiple chronic illnesses, there is a lesson to be learned.  Many of these conditions can be prevented with exercise, healthy diet, adequate sleep and other lifelong good habits.

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Shortness of sleep 'speeds up' aging of the brain - Medical News Today

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Shortness of sleep 'speeds up' aging of the brain
Medical News Today
Shortness of sleep speeds up the aging of the brain in older people, say researchers from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore.
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Melissa's Notes: Another reason to take sleep seriously!

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Coffee Fuels Drive for Drugs for Parkinson's to Dementia - Bloomberg

Coffee Fuels Drive for Drugs for Parkinson's to Dementia
For clues to treatments for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, scientists are looking at their morning cup of joe.

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Melissa's Notes: Interesting look at some of the drug-development research around caffeine.  I do plan on following some advice from the article: "Until there is a caffeine-like drug to improve the functioning of the mind, people can drink tea or coffee, or eat foods such as chocolate."

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Rethinking Drinking Homepage - NIAAA

What do you think about your drinking habits and how they may be affecting your health? Rethinking Drinking can help you get started.
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Melissa's Notes: April is Alcohol Awareness Month.  Here are some great online tools from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.  Calorie and Cost Calculators may give extra incentive for clients' considering a change in their drinking.
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Brushing teeth regularly could ward off Alzheimer's disease

Brushing teeth regularly could ward off Alzheimer's disease | Senior Care News | Scoop.it
People with dementia and gum disease declined six times faster than those with
healthy teeth over a six month study
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Melissa's Notes: This research shows that poor oral health affects more than just nutrition and speech as we age.  I have never understood why Medicare does not include dental benefits.  
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1 in 5 nursing homes lack palliative care know-how - Futurity

1 in 5 nursing homes lack palliative care know-how - Futurity | Senior Care News | Scoop.it
More knowledge about how to care for dying patients could ease the suffering of thousands of nursing home residents every year, a new study finds.
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Melissa's Notes: Too often more interventions are mistaken for more healthCARE.  

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New year, new code: How to get paid for chronic care management in 2015, part 3 - Healio

New year, new code: How to get paid for chronic care management in 2015, part 3 - Healio | Senior Care News | Scoop.it
Cardiology | Beginning in 2015, physicians and other qualified health care professionals will be able to separately bill Medicare for providing non-face-to-face chronic care management, or CCM, services by billing CPT code 99490.
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Melissa's Notes: Although I am excited about CMS beginning to pay for chronic care management, the new code allows for a  mere 20 minutes per calendar month.  Furthermore, the vagueness of the regulations leave providers with too many grey areas -- make sure to click through to the end of the article.

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When Dementia Threatens a Family's Finances - TIME

When Dementia Threatens a Family's Finances - TIME | Senior Care News | Scoop.it
One in three adults will suffer from dementia. Here's how to achieve financial security — and a patient's dignity — when that happens.
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Melissa's Notes: Although this article has no magic solution to the costs of dementia care, it does offer some nice suggestions about including the senior's dignity in the budgeting process.  

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Coffee Linked to Lower Alzheimer's Risk - Laboratory Equipment

Coffee Linked to Lower Alzheimer's Risk - Laboratory Equipment | Senior Care News | Scoop.it
Drinking three to five cups of coffee per day may help to protect against Alzheimer's Disease, according to research by a not-for-profit organization devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health.
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Melissa's Notes: What better story to post while having my morning coffee?  Of course, it would be nice to see these results replicated by other researchers who are not funded by coffee companies.

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Many elderly rely on others to vote | Penn Current

Many elderly rely on others to vote | Penn Current | Senior Care News | Scoop.it

“I think the other issue is a deeper one, which is that society has a lot of problems in how we value the elderly, specifically the disabled elderly,” he adds. “I think looking at this voting issue makes us confront how much we respect them and the people they are. So I think that’s why it’s kind of been ignored.”

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Melissa's Notes: Jason Karlawish, MD, founder of the University of Pennsylvania's Dementia Voting Project, is on the forefront of the bio-medical ethics surrounding voting rights for seniors with cognitive impairment. As this important voting bloc balloons in size in coming years, we will need thoughtful, ethical strategies to balance capacity and voting rights.

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More Older Adults Are Struggling With Substance Abuse - New York Times

More Older Adults Are Struggling With Substance Abuse - New York Times | Senior Care News | Scoop.it
The physical, emotional and financial changes that come with aging can lead to alcohol and, increasingly, drug addictions.
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Melissa's Notes:  This article addresses many of the complex factors related to substance abuse and older adults.  However, the authors do not address a significant challenge -- the dearth of treatment facilities willing and able to tackle this growing problem.

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Purdue News - Vision problems for older adults can dim life expectancy

Older adults losing vision as they age are more likely to face an increased mortality risk, according to new research from Purdue University.
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Melissa's Notes: As someone who wears glasses, I am acutely aware of how my ability to see affects my ability to function.  It is not uncommon for hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to lose the eyeglasses of older patients.  Perhaps studies like these will help staff understand the critical importance of preserving patients' eyesight in this most basic of ways.

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Program helped physicians better manage patients' depression - Healio

Program helped physicians better manage patients' depression - Healio | Senior Care News | Scoop.it
Program helped physicians better manage patients' depression Healio The use of evidence-based practices in screening for and treating depression can be increased with a performance improvement initiative for physicians, according to recent study...
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Melissa's Notes: Educating doctors has a dramatic impact on the screening of their patients for depression.  An increase in screening and treatment will save lives.  Nearly three-fourths of all suicide victims visit a doctor in the four months before their deaths, and half in the month before.  Also, many physical medical conditions are worsened in those with co-morbid depression.

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Stroke Rate May Be Declining In Older Adults - NPR (blog)

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Stroke Rate May Be Declining In Older Adults
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Stroke is the fourth highest cause of death among adults in the U.S. But among people older than 65, stroke rates may be going down, a study published Tuesday suggests.
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Melissa's Notes: It is great news that the stroke rate is going down.  However, knowing the warning signs of "brain attacks" remains important, as time is a critical factor in survival and rehabilitation.  The American Stroke Association (www.strokeassociation.org) has an app available for both iPhones and Android devices to teach people how to recognize a stroke F.A.S.T.

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I Was Diagnosed With Dementia in 2010. This Is My Story. - Slate Magazine

I Was Diagnosed With Dementia in 2010. This Is My Story. - Slate Magazine | Senior Care News | Scoop.it

MeI Was Diagnosed With Dementia in 2010. This Is My Story.
Slate Magazine
For my 61st birthday, in 2010, I was given the diagnosis of microvascular disease, after Alzheimer's the second leading cause of dementia.

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Melissa's Notes: This poignant essay is well worth reading.  Gerda Saunders bravely faces her young-onset dementia with eloquence, honesty, and courage.  By sharing her story publically, she allows us a window into the minds and hearts of our clients and loved ones

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